Presented by: U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare, Public Health Service and Bureau State Services. Produced by the Communicable Disease Center in cooperation with the Georgia Department of Public Health and the Muscogee Health Department.
0647 PA8739 Babies and Breadwinners
January 8, 2012 Subject:
Public Health Trumps Privacy
According to this film, the black and white communities in Moscogee County, Georgia came together to encourage mass polio vaccinations. The fact that the African-American community is included in this public health movie seems unexceptional to us now, but this was the Deep South in 1961 before the civil rights movement. Evidently, the health department went to every single house in the county to check if they had been vaccinated. The members of the Chamber of Commerce were encouraged (pressured is more like it) to show up for their vaccinations en masse. Bozo was vaccinated on the local children's show. It was a massive invasion of people's privacy in the name of public health and it went on all over the country at the time. Why? Because people were terrified of polio. It was devastating, unpredictable and it struck down children and young adults in disproportionate numbers. Too bad America can't summon the same strength of will to overcome its other social problems.
November 20, 2005 Subject:
July 23, 2003 Subject:
Babies and Breadwinners (Full Film)
This film documents the 1961 polio vaccine campaign in Columbus, Georgia. It's pretty dry and dull for the most part, going into a great deal of detail about such things as the preliminary surveys and the plans for where the mobile units would be set up. It does have historical value, though, for that very detail. One memorable scene shows Bozo the Clown getting vaccintaed on his tv show, which I like to see because it's a rare glimpse into local television, a fascinating subject that has been very poorly documented for the most part.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: **. Weirdness: **. Historical Interest: *****. Overall Rating: ***.
This film, which details the 1961 Polio vaccination program of Columbus, Ohio (!) is quite interesting content wise, but REALLY drags down when someone speaks, as they look like deer caught in tail lights. Anyways, the program is documented by people who obviously need some sort of public speaking training telling how important this program is. Then the film picks up by showing the many ways the program was promoted, from radio broadcasts, posters all over the city (on street signs, which is fascinating, as this is illegal today) to (yes) Bozo getting vaccinated on television (somewhat surreal shot as bozo rolls up his sleeve to reveal his normal arm). Anyways, police department gravely warn about the traffic jams that will ensue because of the stampede of people (really, he does) and then the program starts, while there are people lining up in some shots, the hysteria of the policeman is unfounded. And then we see a seemingly endless parade of people having shots. The narrator promises that all kids get a balloon, yet we see kids that DON'T! Those bastards! Reccomended, at least for the 2nd half.